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Christopher Plummer & Frank Langella Join Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 10, 2012 1:45 PM
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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s remarkable skills as an athlete in the ring, and his larger than life persona outside it, have led to more than few films about his life. Most notably among the litter is Michael Mann’s Will Smith-starring “Ali,” and of course there is subtly titled "The Greatest," but as we told you at the start of the month, “The Queen” director Stephen Frears is looking to step into the ring with his own Ali biopic for HBO entitled “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.”

Sundance Review: Disappointing 'Robot And Frank' Is High Concept Sci-Fi That's Low On Ideas

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2012 7:55 AM
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In recent years Sundance has been hit with a handful of smart science fiction films tackling large themes within an extremely limited scope. From the $7000 “Primer” to the $5 million “Moon,” their respective filmmakers managed to put forth some interesting ideas without being hindered creatively by their minimal budgets. Last year’s breakout “Another Earth” may have suffered a bit from its great premise being pushed perhaps too far into the background of an otherwise standard grief drama. But it’s always a compromise between the resources that are available and how much of the hardware must actually be shown onscreen to create a believable world set in an alternate present or distant future. Arriving at a decision on what to cut and what needs to be shown must be agony for those films hoping to achieve any kind of scope. But in the best cases, smart filmmakers can use these restrictions to their advantage helping the films get their ideas across in the leanest way possible. This year’s sci-fi Sundance entry is “Robot And Frank,” a high concept, low-key heist film set in the near future.

Liev Schreiber, James Marsden & Liv Tyler Join Indie 'Robot And Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 6:04 AM
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Frank Langella, Jeremy Strong & Susan Sarandon Also On BoardIf a cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, Frank Langella, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon doesn’t get you excited for the sci-fi influenced indie “Robot and Frank,” perhaps it’s time to check your own wiring. While all four names have had their share of misfires lately, namely Schreiber in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Langella and Sarandon in “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” all are in high demand and frankly deliver solid performances when they are working with the right talent. Actor Jeremy Strong is an interesting newcomer who has the upcoming comedy “See Girl Run” alongside Adam Scott and Robin Tunney in the pipeline, as well as recently being cast as president Abraham Lincoln’s aide in the much anticipated Steven Spielberg-directed biopic “Lincoln.”

Review: 'Unknown' Is Knowing Euro-Trash Fluff (Not Necessarily A Bad Thing)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 16, 2011 3:45 AM
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If you've seen the trailers for "Unknown," then you probably have a pretty good idea of what it's about and what it'll be like: all those quick cuts of car crashes and blue-tinted European scenery; Liam Neeson again assuming the role of grumpily righteous avenger (something he brought a laser-like focus to in the sleeper hit "Taken"); and a number of tired genre clichés trotted out for the masses (mistaken identities, Soviet-era spies, a potential assassination plot).

'All Good Things' Faces Lawsuit From Durst Family

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2010 2:10 AM
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It's Not Easy Being Ryan Gosling This Oscar SeasonSet to hit VOD on November 5th, and land in theaters on December 3rd, Andrew Jarecki's long delayed "All Good Things" is now facing another hurdle, a lawsuit courtesy of the Durst family, the relatives related to Robert Durst whose misdeeds are profiled in the thinly veiled stand-in character David Marks played by Ryan Gosling in the film.

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